Common Dog Behavior Problems: Issues related to a lack of impulse control

By |2018-09-21T00:37:36+00:00September 21st, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training|

Featuring Jen Larson, KPA-CTP & Courtney Emken Concept by Courtney Emken https://youtu.be/CttB7mJIuF0 If your dog is counter surfing, jumping up on you or others, pushing past in a doorway, demand barking, and jumping out of a car before being released—watch this video! These are all common dog behavior problems that are related to lack of [...]

What can you do when it’s too hot to walk your dog? | Dog Wellness & Safety

By |2018-09-13T22:53:00+00:00September 14th, 2018|Dog Safety, Dog Wellness|

Featuring Jen Larson, KPA-CTP & Courtney Emken Concept by Courtney Emken https://youtu.be/Q0iiNQew1SY Summer is hot, especially in TEXAS! Here are some activities to do with your dog when it's too hot to take them for a walk, and things to keep in mind when walking your dog during the hot summer months. This isn't just [...]

The Basic Process of Desensitization & Counterconditioning For Your Dog

By |2018-09-04T03:58:51+00:00September 4th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training|

Featuring Jen Larson, KPA-CTP & Courtney Emken Concept by Courtney Emken https://youtu.be/ylF1z_gp6B8 The basic process of desensitization and counterconditioning is a procedure that we use often with a variety of behaviors and issues. When a dog is "over threshold”—they are reacting to stimuli in an over-the-top, intense way. In this state, they’re not able to [...]

The 9 Weirdest Dog Laws in Cities Across the U.S.A

By |2018-08-24T00:24:28+00:00August 24th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Fun, Dog Safety, Dog Wellness|

Featuring Courtney Emken & Bart Emken, CPDT-KA Concept by Courtney Emken https://youtu.be/epGH3MBHkO0 The internet has all sorts of strange things to find when you plumb the depths. We decided to go on a hunt to find some really WEIRD dog laws. Check out some of the ones we found! You can't make this stuff [...]

Learning to Work With Your Dog’s Conflict Appeasement Signals (and not work against them)

By |2018-08-17T01:47:29+00:00August 17th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training, Dog Wellness|

Featuring Jen Larson, KPA-CTP & Courtney Emken Concept by Courtney Emken https://youtu.be/gZUjIXUcC6c "Conflict Appeasement Signals", also known as "Stress Signals" or "Calming Signals", are used by all dogs to avoid conflict. Dogs use these conflict appeasement or stress signals, which are movements or sounds, to avoid conflict with us and with other dogs. Learning to [...]

How To Improve Your Dog’s Recall: Training for a reliable recall and emergency recalls

By |2018-08-07T17:19:35+00:00August 8th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training|

Featuring Jen Larson, KPA-CTP & Courtney Emken Concept by Courtney Emken https://youtu.be/mwAT5qeItCU   “Recall” is your dog’s ability to come consistently when called. Recall is not a natural behavior for dogs. It is something that we have to teach and practice and really reinforce and reward. Let us show you some pro tips, fun games, [...]

Resource Guarding Prevention 101: Understanding What Your Dog Values

By |2018-07-30T22:07:37+00:00July 30th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training|

Featuring Jen Larson, KPA-CTP & Courtney Emken Concept by Courtney Emken https://youtu.be/qkO03btsAZk Resource guarding is when an animal acts reactively, aggressively, or defensively over a valued resource. We see resource guarding in dogs when they feel anxious or stressed about either the approach of someone approaching their valuable resource or that resource might be taken [...]

Dog Aggression Vs. Dog Reactivity: Part 2 – The Continuum

By |2018-07-19T10:53:18+00:00July 19th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training|

Featuring Sarah Alvarado, CPDT-KA & Bart Emken, CPDT-KA Concept by Courtney Emken https://youtu.be/p2uSgGyj-0Q The most dangerous thing about aggression is actually the label of aggression. Most dogs with behavioral issues ARE NOT aggressive, they are more often reactive--meaning they are reacting in an over-aroused manner to a particular situation. Watch to find out more [...]

What’s Wrong With Services Like Wag And Rover?

By |2018-06-12T10:32:00+00:00May 1st, 2018|Dog Safety, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA Before we begin, we’d like to say that DogBoy’s isn’t in the business of bashing other companies or people. We do have strong opinions, however, and dog safety is one of our foremost concerns, both at the Ranch and elsewhere. That’s why we [...]

How To Stop Your Dog From Digging

By |2018-03-12T01:25:18+00:00March 19th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA The urge to dig is a canine family trait. Wolves, foxes, and coyotes are all known to carve dens and hidey-holes across their territory. However, dogs don’t really act like wolves. So where does this compulsion to litter your yard with miniature foxholes [...]